The following is a list of regularly updated volunteering opportunities in and around Lewisham. The list contains both from home, remote opportunities and mobile, in person opportunities. If you would like to receive updates on the latest volunteering opportunities, along with creative activities, donation information and the latest news from around Lewisham you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter.

Please contact projects directly for more information and to make sure you are happy with the terms and conditions. Please mention the Lewisham Local advert when applying


New Roles this Week

Lewisham LocalSocial Media Volunteer

We need you to help out with our communications on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The role involves designing visual assets and copy for our social media, developing a scheduled plan to post on each platform, finding interesting stories from around Lewisham and sharing Lewisham Local’s community focused ethos.

Key Tasks:
• Regularly update our social media platforms with scheduled and reactive content
• Endorse local activities and interests connected with the voluntary and community sectors
• Research future opportunities to engage with wider members from different sectors regarding local giving and community development
• Contribute new ideas and creativity towards developing Lewisham Local’s communications

Contact josiah@lewishamlocal.com to apply for the role, deadline October 8th


Lewisham Local – Bank of Things

The Bank of Things is a new service available to every young person (11-25) in Lewisham. Much the same as a Food Bank, the Bank of Things has a menu of much needed, essential items from pencils to personal care items that local young people can request.

We have recently secured Unit 19 in Lewisham Shopping Centre and hope to launch in the next couple of months.

We are looking for friendly, reliable, and organised volunteers to help support referrals on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 to 7pm during term time. 

At this time are accepting expressions of interest and will be in touch with specifics when these are confirmed

Please email hannah@lewishamlocal.com


Lewisham Local – Multiple Roles at the Rushey Green Time Bank

The Time Bank is a network of people sharing skills and time to build a happier, healthier Lewisham. Our Time Bank is a community of diverse people who can find a project or a space where they can spend time and share skills with others as they wish. The Time Bank had to be in parts suspended due to COVID , and we are now in the process of gradually re-opening and re-engaging with our members. Currently, members are mainly involved in the community garden Wildcat Wilderness, outdoor meet ups and handiwork groups. Skills exchanges in the past have included gardening, teaching languages, DIY. We are looking for volunteers who can help with:

  • Website
  • Publicity materials, flyers etc
  • Digital inclusion
  • Newsletter

Please email Bettina Ganser to register your interest in volunteering at bettina@lewishamlocal.com


St. Peter’s Brockley Social Supermarket – Food Project Volunteer

Where: Brockley, SE4

When: Wednesday afternoons

St Peter’s Social Supermarket in Brockley are looking for around 15 volunteers to deliver weekly food parcels to food bank members who are unable to leave their homes. Deliveries are within SE4, and can be on foot, cycle or by car.

Click here to sign up


Lewisham Toy Library Lewisham Toy Library Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to help our librarian at the Lewisham Toy Library. We are a well established toy library serving the children of Lewisham and surrounding boroughs for almost 50 years and are well loved by our members.

Contact justine.vella.uk@gmail.com to volunteer


Buddies for All – Volunteer Buddy

Buddies for All is a new social enterprise and buddying service for disabled adults and people with mental health issues. Its aim is to provide online, telephone and face-to-face support. This will be achieved by matching anyone who identifies themselves as having, or having had, a physical, mental, or sensory impairment, or disability, with a volunteer buddy.
Therefore, as a volunteer buddy you will offer in-person face to-face support for individuals who wish to access the local community with your support. Activities could include walking, cinema, theatre, and concert trips or attending sporting events through to a buddy supporting someone with the weekly shop. You could also offer support via the telephone and online video-conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams. How the support is provided is up to the person themselves.

All volunteer buddies must have an existing DBS check or be willing to undertake a DBS check prior to volunteering with Buddies for All. Applications from all sections of the community are encouraged. Volunteers are expected to travel across the borough and travel expenses will be reimbursed

Click here to Volunteer


Greenwich Refugee Aid & Community Enterprise (GRACE) – Community Shop Retail Assistant 

GRACE is a charity which works to support refugees, asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence and survivors of modern slavery and trafficking locally in South East London. We are now seeking a group of volunteers who can commit regularly to a weekly time slot who are enthusiastic, friendly and work well within a team. They need to be organised, have an eye for fashion, home products and be able to promote stock effectively. Keys tasks will be: · to welcome and talk with customers · to help customers to shop and deal with enquires · to undertake general housekeeping and replenishments/rotation of stock when needed · to operate the till and customer service

The Shop opens at 9:30 until 2pm, ideally we would like applicants to work from 9:15 until 2:30pm so that there is a stable team of friendly familiar faces. Cover is needed for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. Training will be provided and volunteers If you’re interested, please contact Geraldine volunteer@graceaid.org.uk


Deptford Lionesses – Social Media Volunteers & Volunteer Coaches

Deptford Lionesses is a registered charity Sports club for young girls in Deptford and its surrounding areas. Deptford Lionesses has been created to give girls the platform to perform and feel equal.

We are now looking for volunteer sport coaches (Ideally keen on football and boxing) to help grow and develop young girls in Deptford and surround areas, with the aim to create our very own girls football team in Deptford! We currently have 20 girls and counting.

Deptford Lionesses are also seeking social media volunteers to promote their services and build their brand.

If you are interested, please email deptfordlionesses@gmail.com or Whatsapp 07377431926


Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network – Multiple Roles

Volunteer Administrator. We’re looking for personable and organised volunteers to join our admin team. Our admin team is integral to the smooth running of LRMN.

Volunteer Casework Assistant. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join our Housing and Welfare Benefits team as Volunteer Casework Assistants.

Find Out More and Volunteer Here


Ringway Garden – Volunteer Gardeners in Grove Park

Help to clear and improve the Ringway Woodland Garden for biodiversity and for use by the different groups using the community centre. Upcoming dates are:

Sunday 26th September 11am to 2pm, Sunday 10th October 11am to 2 pm, Sunday 17th October 11am to 2 pm and Sunday 24th October 11am to 2 pm

Contact environment@gpcg.org.uk to volunteer


Street Trees for Living – Multiple Roles

There’s plenty of ways in which you can support STfL and we appreciate any and all applications to volunteer. Just tell us a bit about yourself, and select how much time per month you can spare, areas where you can work and types of volunteering activity. We will then contact you in due course to see what we can agree between us.

Find out what roles they have and volunteer here


The Refugee Café – Multiple Roles

Refugee Cafe is seeking a graphic designer to help our volunteer run non-profit to grow. As the Graphic Design Support you will work with the marketing team to create promotional material for our events and fundraising, packaging for our food products (made by local refugees) and help to develop the website, menu, leaflets, fliers and place orders for promotion material.

We launched our first delicious Café condiments! All the products have been made by local refugees in Lewisham, using traditional recipes. We are currently selling in market stalls and local shops. We are seeking enthusiastic and committed sales assistant who can offer reliable support to the sales team and provide high-class customer service at markets. The role is ongoing and for a minimum commitment of six months for at least 7 hours per month.

We are seeking enthusiastic and committed market drivers who can offer to pick up goods from the kitchen, deliver them to the market stalls, then get any remaining items back to the kitchen. Markets are mostly Saturdays or Sundays.

Website volunteer. As a small charity it is important to share information and updates through our communications and social media content, to help us fundraise and grow. We are looking for someone to assist us with updating our website including the online shop, events page and blog.

Contact refugeecafese@gmail.com to volunteer for all roles


Sydenham Garden – Multiple Roles

African & Caribbean Volunteer Support Worker:

Volunteers support people with African & Caribbean heritage to cope with and manage their mental health conditions through weekly group activity. Volunteers support weekly sessions for people living with significant illness. You will be volunteering as part of a team to support people who use the service to take part in art-based activities, mindful practice, and gardening.

Garden Support Worker

Do you want to give back to your community? Gain new skills and experiences? Support people with mental health issues? The role is an important part in helping to support people from South-East London coping with mental health conditions to re-establish themselves in the community, through gardening activities.

Find out more and volunteer here


Coco Collective – Multiple Roles

We are a new community garden in Bellingham where we are focusing on growing Afro-heritage foods for the community.

Seeking Gardening Volunteers who can dedicate four hours a week to our new community garden in Bellingham and who would like to eventually become a Gardening Lead. We are usually open to the public one day at the weekend -Weeding, watering; usual gardening roles – Lead gardeners will practice their skills on leading a team of 8 and will involve: – Devising gardening calendars – Communicating with project lead on inventory and extra hands -Taking an entrepreneurial view to the garden -Support the design layout of the garden -Support and/or lead on workshops for the community.

Also seeking Two social media volunteers to manage our social media accounts on FB and IG as either or both 1. Content Creator 2. Social Media Manager/ Business Development – Create engaging content + compelling copy -Show initiative to forward plan and lead on their area -Stay ahead of current affairs, particularly with the Bpoc community, climate change and community garden spaces -Excellent command of English -Strong communicator, who can communicate with the wider team -Strong organisation skills , who can work autonomously and within deadlines -The social media manager/ business development role will require you to devise strategies to engage with the online world, increase followers and engage with relevant accounts. -Graphic design and video editing The role can be split into two areas: 1. Content Creator 2. Available as a one off, short or long term prospect Work remotely.

To volunteer, contact cococollective.org@gmail.com


We care food bank – Food Bank Customer service volunteer

Assist in charity shop and tea room! Help with displays and lay out, help create content and with greeting customers. Help organising the space and with befriending.

Email kathsplacewecare@outlook.com to express your interest!


Grove Park Community Library – Library Volunteers

Grove Park Community Library is looking for volunteers to help in the building.  Working with the Library Manager, volunteers will be doing a variety of tasks, including: shelving; returning and issuing books; and responding to queries. To volunteer, please contact Allison at allison.davies@ecocom.org.uk


James Ross Hunter Youth Support CIC – Multiple Volunteer Roles

JRHYS was established in 2014 creating on-going community projects, visual awareness, workshops, events, talks and educates on mindfulness around violence and knife crime.

They are looking for bereavement support volunteers and volunteers to assist with other services.

Anyone can apply to make a positive difference. No qualification is needed only your time or your previous experiences. Applications from all backgrounds are welcome. You will receive specialist training in bereavement awareness that will help you with the skills required.

Please email: jamesrosshunterfoundation@gmail.com to volunteer!


Action for Community Development – Multiple Roles

Action for Community Development (AfCD) is a community-based organisation in Deptford assisting socially excluded members of the community such as ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers and unemployed people in general.

  • Bookkeeping and Accountancy Role
  • Project Management Role
  • Social Media Role
  • IT Technician Role

Contact us on cvp@actionforcd.org to register your interest!


Voluntary Services Lewisham (VSL) – Volunteer Befrienders

The VSL befriending scheme covers Lewisham Borough and matches volunteers with service users based on shared interests and the individual’s needs. Service users are usually referred to us by social services, health services or other professional bodies, but families can also contact us direct if they want to arrange befriending calls. Find out more and get involved here


Sue Ryder Catford – Retail Volunteers

Sue Ryder in Catford are looking for Retail Volunteers to their team. We have many voluntary roles available including Sales Assistants, Visual Merchandisers, Online Retail, Stockroom Management and more. These positions are ideal for anyone looking to gain retail experience and we welcome applications for part and full time voluntary positions.

Please email beth.evans@suerydercare.org to volunteer


CatBytes – Multiple Roles

Digital Support Buddy

Would you like to become a Volunteer Digital Support Buddy and support members of the local community including older people and digitally excluded individuals to improve their IT knowledge?

Office Administration

Catbytes need volunteers to help us manage our process. The activities that our administration volunteers perform include:

  • Entering new device donations into our online inventory
  • Managing the requests for devices that come from our referrers on behalf of those in need
  • Allocating the loaning devices to people that need them based on these requests

Hardware Repair

About 50% of the devices that are donated to us don’t work perfectly when we get them. If you have experience fixing computers and laptops this can be very useful to us. Any level of experience is valued, from installing Windows to work that involves taking a laptop apart. 

Deliveries

Being online has become essential for accessing day to day services, whether you are an elderly person wanting to do online shopping, or a schoolchild doing homework. There are still many families in Britain who don’t have a computer or laptop at home. Catbytes lends devices to people free of charge. However, we need people to deliver the computers.


10th Lee South Guides – Youth Leaders

If you would like to:

• Be inspired by the next generation of girls and young women
• Share your skills with girls and young women
• Improve your leadership, problem solving and creative skills while growing in confidence and having fun
• Challenge and surprise yourself
• Make new friends and contribute to your local community
then become a Girl-guiding leader!

There are Rainbow (aged 4-7), Brownie (7-10), Guide (10-14) and Ranger (14-18) groups in our area who would love some extra help to increase the number of girls who can benefit from our activities. You can be a unit helper and simply be an extra pair of hands each week or you could train to become a unit leader and gain a qualification for your CV – the choice is yours.

We warmly welcome girls and leaders from all backgrounds. Contact Marie Hobson on 10thLSGuides@gmail.com for more information or register your interest here


Morden CollegeVolunteer Driver and Escort Volunteer

Morden College is a Charity dedicated to supporting older people.

Morden College are looking for a range of volunteers to drive residents from their place of residence, either in Blackheath or Beckenham, to outings using the College’s automatic electric car, minibus or your own car.

Click here to apply for the driver role

Morden College are also looking for Escort Volunteers. You will be assisting residents to attend activities and events around the charity, ensuring that everyone has the chance to take part in all that the charity has to offer. You will collect and return residents to their flats, sometimes this may mean escorting someone while they walk with their walker/scooter or pushing someone in a wheelchair.

Click here to apply for the escort role


Horniman MusuemEngage Volunteer

The Horniman welcomes a wide range of people, including young families, to the museum each year. Engage volunteers help bring our objects and displays to life and enable visitors to have richer, more hands-on experiences at the museum. All necessary training is given – no prior experience is needed.

Tasks include:

  • Providing an additional warm and welcoming presence in our public spaces
  • Supporting visitors to learn through demonstrating handling of real museum objects i.e. skulls, taxidermy
  • Supporting visitors to take part in craft activities in the museum i.e. origami 
  • Providing live interpretation in the butterfly house and at the bee display (no direct contact with bees)
  • Helping to ensure a positive visitor experience by answering general questions about the museum and gardens, and directing visitors to further resources

The museum offers volunteers:

  • A supportive, learning environment and the opportunity to gain valuable
  • experience in engaging with visitors
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses within Greater London; lunch expenses if
  • volunteering a full day
  • Free entry to paid areas of the Horniman museum

Download the role description and application form to find out more and apply


999 Club – Gateway Volunteer & Reception Volunteer

Gateway Volunteer

As a Gateway Centre volunteer, you will help us to provide  services for homeless clients in our busy Day Centre. You will  work as part of a friendly team of volunteers and staff to deliver  the essential services we offer. Gateway volunteers are key to the  smooth running of our day centre service. Along with providing  food and basic necessities, you will ensure that our clients are  aware of all the services we offer and that their contact with the  999 Club is meaningful.

Download the full role description and apply here

Reception Volunteer

As a reception volunteer you will provide a warm welcome to clients and visitors entering the service. You will play an essential role in ensuring that our clients are heard and that their needs are understood, documented and communicated. Where necessary, you will provide appropriate interventions and referrals. You will conduct initial assessments with our new clients, making sure they are based on a thorough understanding of the person’s presenting and underlying needs. You will input to staff on the development of action plans and referrals, both in-house and external.

Download the full role description and apply here


South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust – Ladywell Unit Café Volunteer

Volunteer for the NHS at the Ladywell Unit in Lewisham Hospital.

An exciting opportunity to work in the Ladywell Unit Café. Be part of a brand new team in a refurbished café. You will be serving tea’s and coffee and a selection of snacks. Support and supervision will be given and you can enjoy rewarding interactions with patients, families and carers.

Contact isobel.mdudu@slam.nhs.uk to volunteer


Joined Up Thinking – Volunteer Fundraiser

Volunteer to co-ordinate Joined Up Thinking JUT CIC’s fundraising activity with the aim of increasing income and donations and also raising the profile of the organisation.
• Coordinate fundraising activities within Joined Up thinking JUT CIC, in conjunction with the Managing Director.
• Raise the organisation’s profile within the local and wider community.
• Generate public interest in fundraising activities.
• Identify, develop and organise fundraising opportunities and manage regular fundraising campaigns.
• Manage Joined Up Thinking JUT CIC’s online fundraising accounts.
• Manage information and record the profile and fundraising activity of donors on our internal and online database.

Click here to volunteer


Forest Hill Library Community Garden – Garden Volunteer

As a fledgling community garden, volunteers shape our space! We’ve been working on preparing the garden for vegetable growing as well as dye and ink plants, so our sessions involve both heavy duty landscaping and gentler gardening activities such as propagation, planting, preserving and crafts. We are also working on a workshop programme and our own horticultural themed outdoor library. There are options for all abilities over our 3 hour sessions: Thursday and Saturday, 9:30-12:30 and 13:30-16:30 and we let all volunteers know the sessions we have available each week via a volunteer email list. We provide refreshments in the garden or undercover in our community studio. At present our site is not as accessible as we would like it to be, so please email or call ahead if you have any concerns about this.

Contact us hello@librarygarden.org.uk or https://www.instagram.com/library_garden/


Volunteer at a Food Bank or Food Project:


The Felix Project – Volunteer Drivers, Warehouse Assistants and Administrative Assistants

Where: Deptford, SE8

Drivers: Help us deliver food to charities & schools in South London, and save food from local suppliers.
You will need to be:
Over the age of 21
Hold a full drivers license
Have no more than 6 points on their license
Have been driving for minimum 1 year
You will be driving one of the vans, however you do not need experience.

Don’t have a license? Don’t worry! We also have roles in our warehouse and office. You can find out more or sign up today by clicking here


Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project – Meet & Greet Volunteers

Where: Downham, BR1

When: Thursdays 6.30-9pm

We are looking for volunteers to meet and greet volunteers to support with queue management. You’ll be confident communicator, and enjoy working with people. You can volunteer fortnightly or weekly and work outside alongside a friendly, experienced team. We also need volunteer drivers and passenger assistants to support with a fortnightly run on Thursdays between 3 – 7.30pm to collect surplus food donations from a depot in Coulsdon. Please email to express the role you are interested in (mentioning Lewisham Local) to wdcfplus@gmail.com. You can donate to their fundraiser here.


Kelvin Grove & Eliot Bank Children and Family Centre – Food Project Volunteers

 Collect food and other essentials for our members on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (approximately 80-90kg).

Occasionally make ad hoc collections of one-off donations (subject to your availability).

When: Tuesdays (for approximately 2 hours) and Wednesdays (for approximately 3-4 hours)

Where: this role is based in the supermarket: Kelvin Grove School House Kirkdale Sydenham SE26 6BB

Eligibility: you must have a full driving licence and either own a (ULEZ-compliant) vehicle or be comfortable driving a hired vehicle. Experience of driving a van would be ideal but not necessary at all, as smaller vehicles can be used if preferred.  Please note that KGEB Community Supermarket can cover some of the running costs if needed.

Where: this role is based in the supermarket: Kelvin Grove School House Kirkdale Sydenham SE26 6BB

When: Wednesdays between 10am-3pm, starting asap

Role title: KGEB Community Supermarket Volunteer

As a supermarket volunteer, you would:

  • Help unload donations and food deliveries
  • Check delivery notes correspond with what has been delivered.
  • Stack the shelves at the supermarket in preparation for members to use
  • Rotate stock to ensure items with shortest shelf-life are given away first
  • Help other volunteers prepare the supermarket for members to use
  • General tidying and cleaning of the supermarket

KGEB Community Supermarket Driver

This is a vital role that we are desperate to fill. If you can fill this role you will make a huge difference to the success of the entire supermarket and really step up for your community. As a driver you would:

How to register to volunteer: contact Kim Ward on 0208 613 0172 or kgebsupermarket@gmail.com


Rastafari Movement UK– Food & Wellbeing Volunteer Champions

Where: Borough wide

When: Tuesdays

The Rastafari Movement UK delivers locally-sourced ‘Ital’ food which is commonly called vegan, vegetarian plant-based for people living in Lewisham (and other boroughs) who are struggling financially. They are looking for people to help deliver groceries to 4-5 families on Tuesday afternoon/evenings and conduct a wellbeing check while on the doorstep. They also need volunteer packers to help distribute the food between 2-6pm. While the project is led by people from the Rastafari faith, they welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. Commitment is flexible and they are able to offer some costs towards your expenses. Volunteers also get to take home a bag of surplus fresh fruit and vegetables for themselves. They will also offer you an induction and ongoing support to help you gain experience working in our wonderfully diverse community of South East London

Contact rmukwellbeing@gmail.com for more information and to apply


Feed The Hill – Food Project Volunteers

Where: New Cross SE14

When: Saturday to Wednesday

  • Feeding around 600 people a week with food parcels and an innovative social supermarket
  • Shifts (1.5-2 hours each) run Saturday – Wednesday each week, both morning and afternoon.
  • Typical duties include preparing and packing food parcels, receiving and processing supermarket “surplus”, preparing parcels for handover to volunteer delivery drivers and packing/decanting food items safely.
  • Shifts are fully flexible with no minimum commitment, and volunteers join as frequently as they like (ie some weekly/regularly, some ad hoc around other commitments).
  • Covid secure, with small teams, well ventilated spaces and adherence to safety requirements.
  • All shifts supervised by project coordinator or experienced volunteer.
  • We can also accept younger volunteers (14+), such as those working towards the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and have DBS checked supervisors for these shifts.

Anyone interested to contact feedthehill@gmail.com in the first instance, or text Sharon on 079840 44568.

Action for Refugees In Lewisham – Food Project Volunteer

Where: Borough wide

When: Saturdays

AFRIL’s door to door Helping Hands food bank delivery service are looking for volunteer drivers!

The Saturday team of volunteers deliver essential food every Saturday to 30 refugee, asylum seeker and vulnerable migrant families local areas at 10am and are home by 1pm. There are devised routes for these deliveries so each driver/cyclist and can pay travel expenses’ for drivers.

Contact Helen, Food Bank manager E: foodbank@afril.org.uk or M: 07375 886101 to get involved.


Legendary Community Club – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Where: Sydenham, SE26

Legendary Community Club are a are a community food provision service, supporting young people.

They are looking for:

LEGENDARY PACKERS. The bread-and-butter of our team. Community members who help pack up the packages or make tasty meals.

LEGENDARY DRIVERS. The traffic-battlers! Community members who deliver those tasty meals and food-packages to their destinations.

LEGENDARY LEADERS. Community members with a little bit more time (minimum 4 hours on one day) to contribute to help running the day’s activities on the ground.

LEGENDARY CO-ORDINATORS. Community members working in the background, organising, administrating, tweeting, and google sheet-ing.

LEGENDARY <YOU DECIDE!>. We are always open to new community members bringing what skills/ideas they want to the project.

Fill out this form to register your interest


Pie N Mash Mutual Aid – Volunteer Food Deliverers

Where: New Cross, SE14

When: Thursdays

Pie N Mash Mutual Aid Group in New Cross need people with cars, vans and bicycles to pick up and deliver food donations.

Donation pickups are across various times in the week and food parcel deliveries to families we support are 12-3pm on Thursdays.

There’s also lots of other ways to get involved with our project whatever amount of time you have available. pienmash.org.uk
If you can help, fill in the form on our website or contact piemashfield@riseup.net or 07857024435


Barley Loaves Distribution Service – Food Project Volunteer

Barley Loaves Food Service is a not-for-profit food bank that serves inner Lewisham community. Barley Loaves Food Distribution Service are looking for volunteer drivers and a driver’s mate to collect and deliver their food every Tuesday afternoon.

Email barleyloaves@ecclesia.uk to get involved

Downham Gleaning Pantry

Where: Downham, BR1

When: Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays

Downham Gleaning Pantry need volunteer drivers to collect surplus food from local supermarkets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Email downhammutualaid@hotmail.com  to apply.


Sign up to volunteer by clicking here

Living Water Christian Centre Food Service – Volunteer Drivers

Where: Honor Oak Park, SE4

When: Tuesdays

Living Water Christian Centre Food Service, which provides food and additional support for people who are struggling financially in the Honor Oak area, need a volunteer driver and helper who can be available fortnightly on Tuesdays between 3pm and 7pm to ride to Coulsdon for a surplus food collection. They have a van available to use or they would pay expenses for volunteers with a van. Please email  lwccfoodservice@gmail.com to apply.


Food Growing and Community Gardens:

Coco Collective – Community Garden Volunteer

Where: Bellingham, SE6

We are a new community garden in Bellingham where we are focusing on growing Afro-heritage foods for the community. We seek volunteers to prep the land and grow: digging and turning of soil, weeding, deseeding plants, potting new seeds and maintaining growth, general maintenance of site

For more experienced gardeners or those looking to challenge themselves: organise gardening volunteer roles, devise systems and plans, potentially lead other voluntary groups on site- youth or vulnerable, input in the design of the site

Both roles can be accepted as a one off, short or long-term experience. We are usually open either a Saturday or Sunday every week for 4-6 hrs

Contact cococollective.org@gmail.com to volunteer


Wildcat Wilderness – Volunteer Gardener

Wild Cat Wilderness is a community green space in Catford coordinated by us, Lewisham Local.

Get involved and come along to one of our activity or volunteer days. Refreshments provided for volunteers. Please bring along some lunch (unless otherwise stated). Toilet and shelter available. Sorry but at present the Wild Cat Wilderness is not wheelchair accessible. All tools, equipment and gloves provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring something waterproof – just in case.

Find Out More Here


Blue Ribbon Foundation – Downham Men’s Group – Volunteer Gardener

Downham Men’s Group are looking for volunteers to help every Thursday morning with gardening at the Goldsmiths Community centre and grounds development.

Click here to find out more

Other Volunteering in Lewisham


Creekside Discovery CentreLearning Team Volunteer 

This volunteer post will support the Learning Deliverers at CET who are responsible for the delivery of educational programmes. We deliver school sessions for over 5,000 children a year and run a wide variety of family activities. This is an excellent volunteer opportunity for a trainee teacher, or anyone interested in career opportunities in environmental education and learning outside the classroom. We are offering volunteer placements which can be flexible in terms of days and duration, but which require a regular commitment. The core hours for a Learning Team Volunteer are 09.30-15.00. To apply, read the role description below and complete the application here before 31st August https://www.creeksidecentre.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/ For any further information please contact education@creeksidecentre.org.uk


Sydenham Garden – Growing Lives Support Volunteer & Arts and Craft Support Volunteer

Growing Lives Support Volunteer:

Do you want to give back to your community? Gain new skills and experiences? Meet people and support those with mental health issues?
This volunteer role is an important part in helping to support people in South London coping with mental illness to re-establish themselves in the community, gain confidence and increased self-esteem and achieve accredited qualifications through activities associated with Market Gardening.

The basic role requirement is to have an interest in volunteering with people who have mental health issues. You will need to be able to support and empathise with people who have mental health and physical disabilities in their recovery and development.

Arts and Craft Support Volunteer:

The art and craft volunteer role plays an important part in helping Sydenham Garden to support people coping with mental illness to recover and re-establish themselves in the community. The volunteer supports this process through helping with weekly art based workshops. You will be volunteering as part of a team to support our co-workers in art-based activities such as drawing, painting, photography and book-making. Support is to be offered without giving interpretation of co-worker’s art work and you will be responsible for enabling and encouraging co-workers to produce their own art pieces.

Apply for both roles here


Parent Champions LewishamLewisham Parent Champions Volunteer

Want to help parents just like you?

If you are a parent who is able to give few hours a week to talk to other parents about the local services available to them in the borough, including childcare and Early years services and activities for children 0-5 years.

Find out more and volunteer

Family ActionVolunteer Counsellor

FamilyLine provides a range of support to adult family members via telephone, e-mail, text and webchat, making a real difference to people’s lives.

We are looking for committed, reliable volunteers who will use their communication skills effectively to listen to and support our service users. You will be offering short-term counselling, for 6-8 weeks.
– You must hold a minimum of Level 4 qualification in counselling or accredited equivalent
– Have monthly clinical supervision in place. We can pay £5 per month towards supervision when you have an active case
– Good computer skills, with access to a computer, telephone and the internet

As a FamilyLine Counsellor, you will:
– Arrange telephone appointments with clients at a mutually agreeable time on a weekly basis
– Provide support, using a positive and empowering approach
– Maintain client confidentiality and professional boundaries at all times
– Make relevant and appropriate notes
– Engage with Volunteer Coordinators who will provide ongoing support

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Horniman Museum – Music Exhibition Volunteer

In July, the Horniman opens a new exhibition with a focus on Black music genres such as Reggae, British Bashment, Jazz, Gospel, Grime, Garage and Soul. The exhibition, called Dance Can’t Nice, is part of a larger programme of events called 696 (named after a form originally used by the Met Police) and will feature four rooms which play a special role in the stories and development of Black music in Britain and the people who contribute to them. The rooms are:

  • A living room
  • A church
  • A teenage bedroom
  • A barber shop

Dance Can’t Nice runs from 23 July – 24 October 2021. We are looking for volunteers with a keen interest in these music genres to share their own experiences and knowledge of Black music and the spaces/rooms that influenced them, and encourage our visitors to engage with the exhibition. Training will be provided.

Click here to read more about the role and click here to download the short application form.


Heritage CoA – Volunteer Researcher

Volunteer researchers needed for Heritage Project – exploring local people, events, campaigns, empire/global links! The role is based at Church of the Ascension in Blackheath, SE10.

We need researchers to research the themes of the project and digital helpers to get the pictures and stories out there.
Researcher to research specific themes online and in local or specialist archives. Must have access to computer and be able to work independently. Essential to be interested in history! Collaborate with project co-ordinator. 4-12 hours a week depending on your availability and motivation.

Running till July 2022 – exploring the people and events connected. Its an amazing and radical history: suffragettes, refugees from 300 years ago, campaigns for ordination of women priests and much more!

Contact heritagecoa@gmail.com to volunteer


Spontaneous Productions – Volunteer Steward

We are looking for a strong team of Steward Volunteers to help us with our final open-air theatre production of the summer, Around the World in 80 Days. This a promenade show which means the audience will be moving regularly and interacting with the actors, and we therefore need a fantastic group of volunteers to help supervise the audience in a friendly and pro-active manner.

As a Steward Volunteer you will:
– Be an integral part of a professional theatre production company and helping put on open-air performances.
– Take instruction from the Volunteer Coordinator, welcome audiences to the show and interacting with them in an engaging and pro-active way.
– As part of the Stewarding team, you will help manoeuvre the audience around the staging area at least 5 times, encouraging them to move in a quick and orderly fashion.

Email volcoordinator@spontaneousproductions.co.uk to volunteer


The Refugee Café Social Media Volunteers

The Refugee Café works to relieve poverty and isolation amongst refugees, asylum seekers and ethnic minorities in Lewisham. Our commitment is to reach the most vulnerable people in our community and help them access the support they are entitled to. The refugees training or employed by the Refugee Cafe will benefit from workshops, training skills and knowledge relevant for the catering industry. 

They are looking for a Social media officer and Blogger. Click here to find out more and apply.


Lewisham Borough Community Football Club – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Lewisham Borough Community FC was founded in 2003 from a merger of three clubs. Elms, Moonshot, and Ten Em Bee. The objective then was to ensure representative football for the Borough at the highest level possible. It is, however, essential to note that these clubs, although unsung, can trace impressive histories back to the 1970s. Moreover, clubs still exist today as independent entities participating in community development, nurturing sporting talent and offering football opportunities to youths of all ages. They are looking for volunteers in the following roles:

Matchday Hospitality Volunteers to assist With:
Gate receipts, ticket and programme sales
Spectator stewarding & enquiries
Assist with Club Room, serving food, drinks and refreshments

Volunteer Physios to volunteer to deliver medical services for the First Team. Candidates will work closely with the management team and provide injury prevention and rehabilitation programmes, recovery methods, and strategies to maximise player performance.

For more information and to apply please email club.secretary.lbcfc@gmail.com


HEAR – Chair, Treasurer and Trustees

HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO no.1168591) to support London’s voluntary and community sector network, working with the most vulnerable, in equality and human rights.

We are looking for a Chair and Treasurer to join the Board of Trustees, to help lead the organisation, during this pivotal and exciting time.

Find Out More and Apply


Grove Park Community Group – Nature Conservation Volunteer

GPCG are undertaking general woodland conservation management and require volunteers to help:
– clear scrub
– manage the woodland
– clear ground ivy to plant woodland bulbs
– general gardening
– easy DIY tasks, e.g. making compost bin from pallets.

The volunteering will take place on weekends during July and August

Contact environment@gpcg.org.uk to volunteer!


Lewisham MENCAP – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Lewisham MENCAP are looking for people in the local community who are keen to share their skills (digital skills in particular) to help run various games and activities, lead various fitness or dance sessions, entertain or offer beauty treatments to their wonderful members.

They would also like to hear from people who are simply willing to join at their discos, dance and socialise – an opportunity to get to know the most fun and welcoming group of people in Lewisham! Details about DBS checks and the recruitment process will be given upon enquiry. Everyone is encouraged to get in touch, regardless of how much or how little you think you can offer!

Email hello@lewishammencap.org.uk to volunteer!


We Care Community Hub – Multiple Volunteer Roles

We Care Community Hub at Kath’s Place Deptford is seeking to take on more volunteers to cover the holiday period!
They are looking for help Saturday and Mondays in the Community Hub, team room, and charity shop.

They are looking for people to help cover home food delivery drops in emergencies and will need transport for this.
They are also looking for an assistant project manager with social media skills able to help raise awareness of the work to boost online sales and help with our fundraising.

If you are interested in volunteering, drop by the hub at 50 Friendly Street, Deptford, SE8 4DR during opening hours and speak with Toni or Ray.


Ahoy Centre – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Ahoy Centre are a water sport Learning Centre using the River Thames as a pathway to provide opportunities for the community and those at-risk, disadvantaged or with learning disabilities. Through sailing, rowing and related learning activities we aim to break down social barriers, develop essential life skills, confidence and pride.

Community Engagement Support – This role would suit someone who is proficient at building relationships, has a keen eye for new opportunities and is well connected within our local community.

IT/CRM Developer – To help develop AHOY’s Salesforce CRM so that it is more user friendly for AHOY’s fundraising team, allowing for better stewardship of supporters.

Maintenance Assistant – To assist with sanding, varnishing and general regeneration of our rowing boats ahead of our 2021/2022 rowing season.

Marketing/PR & Communications – To support and help develop AHOY’s existing marketing activity to help promote the impact the charity make on their beneficiaries with an aim of engaging wider audience with their work to both participate in activities and support through fundraising initiatives.

Receptionist/Admin – To assist our Operations Team: dealing with all calls and welcoming visitors. This role will suit someone with good communication and telephone manner, keyboard/typing skills, familiar with Word, Excel & Outlook.

To register your interest in any of the above roles please email Marta at marta@ahoy.org.uk


St Christopher’s Hospice – Fundraising Event helper

St Christopher’s are looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time to help ensure the success of their fundraising events.

  • St Christopher’s Fun Walk – Sunday 19th September 2021 – Keston Common

Click Here to Find Out More and Volunteer


Bellingham Linking Lives – Volunteer Visitor

Would you be interested in being a volunteer visitor for a new organisation seeking to combat loneliness and social isolation in the Bellingham area?

Hosted by Christ Church United Reformed Church, Bellingham Green and open to everyone. Please contact Fiona Thomas on 07918 981549 or bellingham@linkinglives.uk to volunteer.


Home Start Southwark – Family Support Volunteers

Home Start is a national charity which supports families with young children when they need it most. We train our volunteers and support them to empower and encourage the families they work with.

Home Start Southwark are looking for volunteers to support families in their homes, assist with groups and activities for up to 2 hours a week. The role will involve:

  • Active Listening
  • Befriending
  • Outreach

Click here to Find Out More and Volunteer


Mordern College – Volunteer Appointment Companions & Walking Befrienders

Walking Befriender

We are looking for friendly and compassionate volunteer walking befrienders. You will support a resident in independent living or in our care home to get outside for some fresh air, encouraging them to be more active while enjoying some friendly conversation.

We are looking for a mixture of volunteers – those that enjoy having a chat and like working with older people as well as those who are able to push someone in a wheelchair.  

We are a Covid-secure workplace and will support you while you volunteer on our sites.

To apply for both roles click here


Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service – Advice Volunteer

Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service (LMLAS) is looking for telephone advice line volunteers to assist with our advice services. This is an ideal role for enthusiastic people interested in enhancing their skills and building confidence.

You don’t need to have previous experience of working in advice. However, we particularly welcome people from black and minority ethnic communities who speak another language as well as English or want to improve their English language skills.

Download this Word Document to Find Out More


New Cross Learning – Volunteer Customer Service Library Assistant

The role includes:

* Taking out and returning library books,
* Booking computer space,
* Answering the telephone,
* Doing photocopying of documents for customers
* Shelf filling and tidying
* Some light cleaning as part of the team rota, everyone does a bit.

This is a great way to help the community have access to a local library and learning centre. New Cross Learning are concerned that all volunteers get good training opportunities and feel supported in their roles.

Contact kath.dunbar@hotmail.co.uk to apply for the role


Age UK Lewisham & Southwark Food 2 You – Volunteer Food Packers and Deliverers

Food2You is a shopping delivery service for over 50s living in Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth who struggle to do their own shopping. They provide a consistent weekly shop to older people who may not be able to access shops themselves, as well as much needed social contact with staff and volunteers.

Volunteers support with all aspects of the service, from Administration to Driving, and Shopping to Deliveries. Roles are at various times and days throughout the week.

Shopping is currently being done at Tesco Surrey Quays, and they are currently based at the Yalding Healthy Living Centre in Bermondsey. We deliver to clients across the borough of Lewisham, as well as Southwark and Lambeth.

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Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors

SCYSS are looking for passionate volunteer with experience in any of these fields: Admin; Fundraising and Communications (including websites/social media).

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XLP – Volunteer Mentor

XLP are looking for Literacy and Numeracy Online Tutors. XLP is a youth charity that operates youth work projects in schools and estate communities across 9 inner-city boroughs. The charity has a long history of working in Lewisham borough. 

This project offers literacy and numeracy support to young people from yr6-yr9 as well as targeted 1-1 online home tutoring to young people studying towards GCSEs.

All volunteers are expected to attend three individual XLP training sessions, which include working with young people, safeguarding and tutoring training.

Click here to find out more and apply


Quo Vadis Trust – Volunteer Mentor

Quo Vadis Trust provides social housing, care & support for people in South East London living with mental health challenges.

The are looking for an Activities Worker, who would support clients in a Peer Mentor Programme; developing their skills and ambitions, facilitating projects and activities researched and designed by clients and help support client recovery through engagement and empowerment.

Find out more and apply


Deptford Mission – Admin Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help process the donations they receive in their charity shop. This includes processing clothes donations, sorting through bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs etc. as well as operating the till and all general shop work such as cleaning and tidying the shelves.

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Stanstead Lodge – Volunteer Archivist

Stanstead Lodge are looking for a volunteer archivist. The ideal person will be capable of drafting an archiving policy and be happy to lead a project team, work independently and supervise any volunteers.

Contact James: finance@stansteadlodge.org to register your interest.


Lee Green Lives – Volunteer Mentor

Lee Green Lives are looking for support volunteers for wide-ranging activities and services in their  Community Centre. Activities and services range from healthy exercises and computer classes to sewing and literacy classes, as well as advice sessions for people with benefits, housing and other issues. 

To volunteer, contact Shirley Kirkland, Lee Green Lives community centre coordinator on email: info@lgl.org.uk; or telephone 020 7998 1004 or text 07706 931986.


1st New Cross Scouts – Volunteer Mentor

Every week volunteers give young people in New Cross and Brockley age 6 – 18 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life!

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